January is the perfect time to take a step back, assess your goals and establish clear intentions. Since fitness is my passion, I love trying new workouts and moves that help keep things interesting and fresh. To really capitalize on the energy and momentum of the New Year, I like to focus on traditional moves that are super effective and get proven results. As they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” But even as a fitness professional, there are certain moves that I personally dread doing. So, here are the top five workout moves I hate but swear by! I have a feeling you may agree.
One word: BURPEES! I know almost everyone will agree with me on this exercise. I physically tense up just thinking about performing burpees, but as a full-body strength and aerobic exercise, they really can’t be beat. One positive with burpees is that there are many versions ranging from beginner up to advanced, so don’t worry if you need to start with the basic form to build a solid foundation. Just remember that the misery of burpees is worth getting the results you want!
My love for mountain climbers is almost as strong as my love for burpees. Talk about a full body workout though! These babies work your deltoids, biceps, triceps, pectoralis major, obliques, rectus abdominals, lower trapezius, latissimus dorsi, quadriceps, hamstrings, hip adductors and hip abductors all in one. We can’t ignore the facts right?! I usually incorporate mountain climbers one or two times into my weekly routine. They are such an amazing core workout that also burn belly fat at the same time. Sold!
Next up are side planks, my favorite of my least favorites! Honestly, it depends on the day and my mental state; some days I feel like I could conquer the world single handedly with a side plank, and other days I feel like they are going to conquer me. As with burpees, there are several different versions of this move, and you can always change how long you hold a plank. I suggest starting with what feels manageable and then gradually increasing your time over the weeks and months. I also like to use side planks to mix up my workouts. They can really get your heart rate pumping at the beginning of a work out, and then you’re done with them! Sometimes I like to save them until the end for one final push.
Jump Rope & Rope Training
My last two least favorite moves go hand in hand (pun intended): jumping rope and rope training. Let’s just say, I don’t do props well! One of my best friends and fellow Fabletics Master, Jude Lizama, teaches an incredible jump rope class at Equinox in Beverly Hills, and I have never been brave enough to go! I am usually 100% down to support my friends in their endeavors, but let me repeat myself: I don’t do props. Jumping rope is one of the top cardiovascular workouts, so I suggest you attempt it. The results will be well worth the effort if you can get the hang of it. Incorporating rope training at least once a week is also a great idea as it’s a full body workout that improves strength and endurance. One of my fitness goals for 2017 is to overcome my aversion to rope training. I would love it if you join me on this one!
Now that I feel completely exposed, I hope you realize that we trainers are human too! Don’t let the internet and social media fool you… we all have difficult days and face mental and emotional struggles. One thing that I’m reminding myself in 2017 is to let go of the expectations I put on myself and to open my eyes to the endless possibilities right in front of me, even when they take the shape of two huge 100% nylon ropes. Cheers to 2017!
Ashley Godby, Fabletics Master